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1947 East Beech Road Sterling, VA 20164-1947

Greetings To All!

STOP what you are doing right now and go write down our new address in a safe place--so we can be sure to get the Christmas Card you are sending us. We bought a new house this year because Stan got a drumset for Christmas last year, and we needed a better place for him to practice than our front room. And low interest rates helped. We now have an unfinished basement full of toys, food storage, children's clothes, drum set, books, and some dead crickets.

We moved into our house on a Saturday last May. The next day, Calvin left for a 9-week assignment in Madrid, Spain. Janet and the kids got revenge by leaving Calvin's stuff in the garage unpacked! After one week Calvin was so lonely that he called Janet and asked her to spend the week after school was out with him. That put her in a tail spin to get a passport, plane ticket, babysitters, and a fanny pack. It would've been a second honeymoon if we'd had a first honeymoon when we were married. But waiting 15 years for our honeymoon was worth it.

After Janet got back from Spain, she took the kids to Grandma's house in Fresno. That means when Calvin got back two weeks later, there was only a housesitting-college-student couple sleeping in his bed, who had actually lived in the house longer than he had. After a week of sleeping in Brooke's bed, Calvin flew to Salt Lake to meet up with Janet and the kids, who'd driven in from California.

We spent a week in Park City with Janet's side of the family and another week at Bear Lake with Calvin's side of the family. We also saw many of our friends at a party Calvin's cousin Vaun had, and at a barbecue Janet's former roommate Ann hosted. We had dinner with Calvin's Grandma, and hiked up to the "B" on the mountain in Brigham. From there Calvin flew back to Virginia and Janet drove back to California. Finally, during the last week in August, the whole family was reunited in the new house for the first time since the middle of May. And three months of yard work had waited very patiently!

CHELSEA is now three and goes to Winne-the-Pooh preschool. She has really grown since the last time we wrote, and we've included a picture to show you. BROOKE (soon to turn 9) did cheerleading again this fall, mostly so Janet could vicariously live out her lost childhood fantasies. Brooke has made lots of new friends at the new grade school.

RYAN successfully brought home from Utah a deer skull that he proudly displays in his room. He has been working hard to finish his Arrow of Light before he turns 11 in January. STAN finally broke into the teen years and only has 1,800 more days until he goes to college (we are marking every one). He is now a Life Scout and is working on his Eagle project.

JANET teaches 21 piano students over four days each week. She complained so much about her calling as Homemaking Leader at church, they made her the Nursery Leader. CALVIN must be doing something right because his Troop is now down to 11 scouts from 17 last year. When he is not camping, cleaning up from camping, or preparing to go camping, he is tilling the garden, building shelves, or writing Christmas letters.

Have a happy holiday season, and keep those cards, letters, and checks coming.



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